I was born and raised on Kyushu Island Japan. After graduating from high school in Japan, I studied abroad in Victoria, B.C. Canada. When I returned to Japan, I taught English as a Second Language until 1996 when I moved to the states. I lived in Pensacola, FL for a couple of years and moved to the Chicago area in 1998.
I have always been interested in art, and from a young age studied Japanese calligraphy. I've been studying colored pencils at Beech Tree Studio since 2010 when I saw Andie's work at a restaurant in Geneva.